Monday, May 27, 2013

One More Christmas Card Down

So grateful to have an extra day off - I so needed this day! Between the Wedding a few weeks ago, Allie's Graduation, and a new job at work - I have been running! Now things are settling down and I am feeling a bit better (mentally and physically).

So now that I have a bit more free time, I asked Pattie's Creations to consider letting me on their DT when they had a DT Call recently. They graciously let me join them. I love Pattie's images - they are so clean and they work for so many ocassions. My DT term doesn't start until June, but I couldn't resist playing in the current challenge which is Red, White and Blue (PCC#68) - you have to have these three colors on your card but you can use other colors as well. I need to get on the ball with my Christmas cards so I thought I would use this lovely Cardinal on Branch with Snow image.

I used the sketch from the Merry Monday challenge (MMC#64)- I have decided to play in this challenge each week until Christmas so I have something to motivate me to get more Christmas cards done before December. This week's sketch is wonderful!

Hugz to all!

A Special Thank-you Card

This week's Squigglefly Challenge is "Just Around the Corner" (SFC 2113). I used a corner rounder on my house (you can't really see it that well but I rounded three of the house's corners) and I used a Spellbinder's Die that has rounded corners. My image is from Squigglefly and is designed by Cheryl Alger (Just Be Yourself).

I needed to make a Thank-You card for my daughter to give to a very special person who gave her a very special hand-made wedding present. I tried to add as many layers as I could as I love mega-multi-layered cards but rarely do them as hubby chokes when he mails them.

Everyone has a corner rounder of some kind so grab a Squigglefly image (remember there are free ones in the store) and come join in the fun (and have a chance to win a Squigglefly image as well).

Happy Memorial Day Hugz to all.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Jumping Snowman and A Flower framed in Black

The Sassy Cheryl Challenge this week calls for Stitching (#167). I used this super fun Jump Snowman Jump image by Cheryl Alger - isn't he the cutest??? I "stitched" around my bg panel using a Faux Sewing Kit from SU!. I layered a bunch of Spellbinder and Sizzix Dies to make my frame and flicked some Snow Medium and SU! Reinker with an old toothbrush to make my snow scene. Fun challenge - can't wait for the next one.

This card is a case of Emily (aka StampMuse aka M aka Miss Em on SCC); M was the Queen For the Day #166 at SCS. I cased THIS pretty card; M has a wonderful gallery and is a wonderful girl. I had so much fun looking back in her gallery and remembering the teaparties and all the pretty cards she has made. I have been wanting to do a black card for a couple of weeks, and I think I will try it again with even more layers as I really like how it came out.

Hugz to all!!!

Some Chilled Drinks and Some Flowers

I found a new challenge yesterday (new to me) called Drunken Stampers. They pick movies as the challenge themes and this week is The Hangover (DSC#129). I am not sure if we are suppose to drink when we create (LOL) or not, but I did have at least 3 cups of coffee before I started this card (that is a lot for me). I have to also admit that I haven't seen this movie so I had to go watch some scenes on the internet and read some summaries before I started my card.

Anyway, I went with the party theme on my card since the movie appears to have a lot of partying in it, and I glitzed it up a bit with sparkle paper, Stickles, Spica pen on my bucket, and silver gems in the corner since the movie is set in Las Vegas. I used my new Doohickey dies to make the banner (love them) and an old DudeTime Doodles image (it is still one of my favs).

Fun challenge - can't wait to see what the next movie will be.

My last card for this morning is a case of Vicki (JustCrazy) for the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. Vicki's card (HERE) is so pretty! I changed the colors, layout, and a few other things. Had to do another Thank You card - I still have a zillion more to do for wedding and graduation presents (both kids had major events this month). I used several punches and dies in the making of this card: a Quickcutz die for the base die cut, MFT Dienamics Rolled Rose die for the flowers, MS pine branch punch, MS leaf punch for the flower arrangement, and SU! Butterfly Embosslet for the butterflies.

Hope your Sunday is going well!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Hunter and a Llama

It's our team's week off at Squigglefly, but the challenge this week is one of my favorite type of challenges in the world - masculine cards - so I had to jump right in and play too. The challenge (SFC2013) is called Man Up!, and the goal is to make some Father's Day cards for your Dad, Grandad, Brother, Hubby, etc. We all need more masculine cards so I made two (hope I can find them on Father's Day - I lost the one I made my Mom and still haven't found it - opps).

I made one for my Pop who is a giant hunter. I have never tried to color something camo - I love how it came out. Isn't this image cute? It is from Diane Carubia and is called A Hunting We Will Go. I am also entering this in the Punch challenge at Card Making Mamas.

Then I made one for my Hubby using the new Lynne Stansbery image called Llama Mama. It comes with some great sentiments, but I just had to make up this one for Kenny! My Mom laughed for a long time after she saw this llama and it cracks me up everytime I see it!

I had so much fun with these images - you can get them at Squigglefly along with a zillion other fun images.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Magnolia

Two posts in one day! This week's Pattie's Creations Challenge is Mother's Day and I have a friend at work who asked me to do 4 Mother's Day cards as she needed to send a few late cards. This lovely Pattie's Creations Magnolia Branch image was perfect. I printed out the image a bit larger and added an extra bloom. I sponged around a roll of ribbon for the shading and twisted a Spellbinders die to add to my frame.


Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Flowers

This card is for the Sassy Cheryl Challenge #166 - Lace and Handmade Flowers. I used the Signs of Spring image Sassy Cheryl image, some lace I have been hoarding (from my friend Pat S), and some flowers I made with an EK Sucess punch and some leftover paper scraps.

Today my friend and fellow Punchkateer, Colleen (Smoatsmom on SCS) is the Featured Stamper. The card above is a case of her card you can find here.

Hope your Sunday is going well! Hugz!

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Few Wedding Pictures

My sweet daughter's wedding is over now and I can relax a bit.

It was such a beautiful wedding. 80+ people drove all the way down to Dauphin Island, Alabama to witness Joey and Crystal pledge their lives to each other. We had several groups that flew or drove across country to make it, and there were a few people that totally surprised Crystal by showing up. It was the perfect amount of people - a wonderful mix of people from both families plus many very special friends. Friends from every part of Crystal and Joey's lives - I am so thrilled they all came. I know many others wanted to come, and we appreciate all their gifts, prayers, and well-wishes.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but I want to say that it took a village to put this wedding together. I had no wedding planning skills and very little time to get with Crystal and plan things, but Joey's family, my family, and several of Crystal's friends all jumped in together to make this wonderful and blessed event come together. So many people gave of their time and talents during every stage of this wedding process.

When I say Joey's family helped, that is really an understatement. They are the most organized, gifted, and truly sweet people. Joey's grandmother cooked the wonderful food we had at the wedding (it was barbeque chicken and pork with lots of wonderful trimmings) and the rehearsal dinner (it was a shrimp boil, bread pudding, banana pudding, and peach cobbler). She had a giant team of helpers - talented women - family and friends. Every time I saw her during the weekend she was smiling even though I know she was unbelievably tired. Joey's Mom, Terri, did a lot of planning, rented the house we had the wedding at, did a ton of borrowing, begging, purchasing, and toting of decorations, serving items, lights, tables, chairs, tablecloths, and even a van to pick up wedding guests as there was very little parking (I could go and on - she even brought along the DJs and a family friend to drive the van). They were all like a well oiled machine - they work together like dancers who have been together for a long time. They never stopped smiling except maybe when we talked about the possibility of rain. Joey's brother Tatum helped with setting up chairs for the wedding and a ton of other things. Did I mention that Joey's Dad is a Minister and that he performed the ceremony plus did a ton of work setting up and taking down (Ricky even did the shrimp boil with another army of helpers)? I will be grateful to them all for helping to make this ocassion really special for Joey and Crystal.

I had some great helpers too. My Sister Sharon served as the Wedding Coordinator and she lent us lights, decorations, silver serving knifes, her time, and much support and love. Our friend and true sister Patty also helped with candid pictures and her support and love (not to mention the errands she and Sharon ran and the shoulders they provided when I needed a little cry). My sweet husband Kenny helped me with getting the rest of the tables and chairs we needed, watching over my parents and making sure they were taken care of and shuttled around, helping Ricky and the others cook the shrimp boil, and putting up and taking down everything. Carol, Claude, and Judy drove down and kept us entertained (they even found one of Kenny's long lost cousins for us). Crystal's Dad (my ex-husband) shared the costs with us and couldn't have been a more loving and devoted Father (Joey's family helped a ton as well with the costs and are even sending the happy couple to Jamaica - see I am telling you they were a big blessing). I am so scared I have left people out in this story - there were so many helping hands! Even the photographer, Spring, was a blessing. She hasn't been doing a lot of weddings this year due to her busy schedule, but she agreed to do this one plus she drove all the way down to Dauphin Island (it is over 4 hours) and spent the day keeping everyone laughing and relaxed. She is a total sweetheart. Even the bakery staff was helpful. They drove the cake over an hour, carried up some pretty steep steps, and stuck around while we frantically tried to find the purple flowers to add to the cake (this adventure took awhile too because the flowers had been moved and were in a box in the corner -YAY to Wendy who found them and saved the day or at least the look of the cake - LOL).

Crystal and Joeys' friends pitched in with planning and with helping to put everything together and taking it all down. What would we have done with out their smiling faces, strong backs (Tony, Miles, and Heath - you never hesitated to jump in and I will never forget it), and eternal laughter? I don't think they stopped laughing and smiling the whole weekend. What a pleasure they all were to be around (even some of their parents and siblings helped with the put up and take down - Miles, your family rocks). Crystal's sweet friends and her sister Alex (my other sweet baby) gave of their money, time and talents. I am grateful for all they did - especially with all they did to make sure Crystal didn't totally stress out. I think it was the most calm I have ever seen Crystal at a major event. Kristina, Laura, Alex, and Rachel even helped keep me calm! I don't want to leave out the fact that Rachel and Heath were in the wedding, but they also were the ones that introduced Crystal and Joey. They helped tremendously during this whole process as did all of the wedding party - Rachel even did most the girls' hair including Crystal. Allie was the perfect Sister (at least no one told me differently) - and her Maid of Honor speech was a tear jerker.

Speaking of tearful moments:

*The sweet letter Joey wrote Crystal before the wedding letting her know how much she means to him and how excited he was.
*The moment my Mother and Pop arrived at the wedding and everyone was making a fuss over how sweet they looked - it was a special moment for me.
*When Crystal looked at me on the beach before the wedding and I started crying and then she started crying and then all the girls in the wedding party started crying.
*The look on Joey's face when he saw Crystal for the first time in that beautiful gown - he started crying and then his Dad said to him, "Go ahead and cry Son, I will cry with you."
*Crystal seeing the look on Joey's face and having her wish come true - she cried (then we all cried even more).
*Tatum's speech (Tatum is Joey's younger brother) at the rehearsal dinner and the sweet flowers he gave Crystal.
*When Crystal and Joey had their first dance - I hugged Joey's Mother (Terri) and we both cried.
*During the ceremony when the Dolphins were swimming back and forth in the ocean right in front of Crystal and Joey - it was like a wonderful sign the world was happy this event was ocurring.
*Alex's heartfelt speech at the wedding - she put sooo much thought into it and delivered it perfectly.
*When it was all over and I realized how many prayers had been answered - prayers for pretty weather (the chance of rain was 100% for this day, but not a drop fell the whole ceremony), prayers for smooth sailing in all the activities, prayers that all Crystal's dreams of the wedding would come true, prayers I had sent up for 22 years that Crystal would find true happiness and a wonderful husband, prayers that my Mother would be able to make it to the wedding, prayers that Kitty and Bobby's son Jamie would be well enough for them to come, prayers that others would fill in and get this wedding to come out wonderfully since I knew I couldn't do it without them, prayers that my sweet Husband would feel included and enjoy himself (he loves Crystal and Joey and it can be tough to be a step-parent at a wedding).

Oh, I could go on and on, but I am sure I have written way more than I should have...I just wanted to get all this out from inside me. I just wanted you all to know how blessed I feel; how happy I am that Crystal and Joey had a fairytale wedding; and how grateful I am to everyone who helped.

We won't have the wedding pictures ready for 4 weeks but I snagged a few pictures from Patty and Alex and have posted them above. The first one is of as much of the immediate families we could find at the time, the second is the happy couple for their first dance, the second is them walking down the beach right after the wedding, the next is my parents (aren't they the cutest?), then it is Allie and Crystal, and the last one is a cute picture of the gorgeous bridesmaids and Crystal playing around before the wedding.

Thanks for taking the time to visit with me and share in this sweet time in our lives whether you were there physically, mentally, or even if you are just finding out about it now from this post. Send up a few more prayers for us too - prayers that this marriage stays blessed and that they grow closer together and closer to God every day.

Hugz to all!

Anniversary and Graduation Cards

It is make something with a pocket time at Squigglefly (SFS1913). I used the new A Time to Celebrate Image by Diane Carubia which is now available at Squigglefly. I made it so a little gift card could be tucked into it. This is an anniversary card for hubby - we have two anniversaries each year since we got married twice when we got married - once in April and once in June. We had planned and paid for the wedding in June but wanted to go on a trip to Las Vegas before our wedding so our preacher advised us we should get married before we traveled together alone. So we got married during Church Services before our planned wedding. We still went through the second wedding too since it had already been paid for (a little chapel in the mountains).

I also made another card with a pocket as well but I totally changed the image and was almost afraid to post it. My daughter Crystal graduates this month (and gets married - urghhh). I used the Graduating Girl image by Cheryl Alger (available at Squigglefly) and added more hair to her. Crystal has hair she can just about sit on and I wanted it to look more like her. In the process, I think I changed up the image a bit too much. I know she will love it so I had to share it. I am giving her more than $20 but that's all I had when I snapped the pictured - LOL!

Hugz to all!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Some Praying Hands

Today starts the new Squigglefly Challenge and it calls for monochromatic color schemes which is one of my favorite kinds of challenges. I couldn't resist playing in the challenge even though it is our team's week off. Besides I just had to use this lovely new Lynne Stansbery image called the Power of Prayer. Lynn is one of the best hands artists around and she knows how to capture so much emotion in her drawings. I am sending this to a special friend who is approaching one of the scariest times in a person's life - the end. I will write more on this soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful week, and I hope you have a chance to play in the Squigglefly challenge.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Sneak Peak

Today I am doing a sneak peak of one of the new images which will be available in the Squigglefly store tomorrow. The image is drawn by Cheryl Alger and is called Signs of Spring. I doubled the adorable image since I am sending this card to my niece who has twins.

I was inspired by two challenges when I made this card. One is the CCEE Stampers Challenge (CCEE1318) which is calling for shimmer. You can't see my shimmer too well but I used Spica pens all over the images and on the flowers and even on each little tip on my SB die cuts. IRL this is very shimmery. The other challenge is the Splitcoast Stampers Queen for the Day challenge #163 where Peggy (Jasonw1) is the Queen for the Day. I cased THIS card - but you would never know it! I have got to get some new dies - I love, love, love her card!

I am home this morning watching over my sweet husband Kenny who had some oral surgery yesterday. Poor thing - he is all groggy and in some pain. I am sure hoping he recovers fast since we have Crystal's wedding barrelling down on us fast!

Hugz to all and Happy Friday!